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A full-blooded R8 Rover 200 1.8VVC Coupe Tomcat with 29,544 miles from new.
T-bar glass roof with removable panels and leather holdalls, tinted glass, side intrusion door beams, boot mounted spoiler, front foglamps, driver and passenger airbag, rake-adjustable sports steering wheel with in-car entertainment controls, lumber support, drivers height adjustment, electric front windows with ‘one-shot down’ driver’s window, electric heated door mirrors, boot and fuel filler remote release, power steering, perimetric and volumetric alarm, digital clock, tachometer, lamps-on buzzer, 50/50 split folding rear seat. Factory Options: Air conditioning, 6-Disc changer.
The distinctive style of this very late build Rover Coupe looks striking finished in optional and desirable Pearlescent Nightfire Red, (Code CAQ). A pleasing bright gloss shine with all body colour trim items in remarkable condition owing to the low miles covered. The previous fastidious owner even took the wheels off spending many hours cleaning wheel arch openings and suspension components! All glass is Rover Tiplex branded with the supplying dealer sticker still in the rear screen and the front window has minor clouding to one lower corner. Some stone chips have been touched in by the conscientious owner and two dings to the lower passenger door can just be seen. Undiluted excitement is guaranteed with this unmolested and rare car.
An atmosphere of sporting luxury is creating with this flagship model. The supportive seats with lumber adjustment are upholstered in Red Piccadilly cloth with Grey leather bolsters, (Code CDH), and are stunning with only minor wear to the drivers side, hardly worth a mention. All carpeting has been protected by genuine ‘Rover Coupe’ inscribed velour mats which in turn have been protected by Rover rubber mats supplied new at a cost of £42! The soft rounded curves of the facia and centre console remain in correct shape with all controls, gauges and warning lamps operational. The bright door sill tread strips are virtually unmarked and all door shuts are shiny clean. This incredible survivor displays its low mileage and low owner credentials with pride.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the responsive and free-revving K Series 1.8 VVC, (Variable Valve Control), K-Series 16v double overhead camshaft engine developing 143bhp, 0-60mph is despatched in 7.8secs and a top speed of 131mph is quoted. Power seems endless and very eager thanks to Rovers advanced valve timing technology. Mature and enthusiast ownership with maintenance records and low miles offers reassuring mechanical wellbeing. The engine bay is gloriously clean with all manufacturer stickers, plates and branding proudly visible. Gear changes via the 5 speed manual box are light and precise, affirming once more the cars low mileage credentials.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The unique 15” 5-spoke sports alloy wheels specially developed for the 1.8VVC model are pristine and shod in new 185/55 R15 tyres. Diagonally split and dual-circuit servo assisted anti-lock disc brakes, (ventilated up-front) offer assured straight line stopping power.
Supplied new on the 1st August 1998 by Rover Main Agents, Warners of Tewkesbury, this example has had just two former keepers and covered a low 29,544 miles from new. A new vehicle sales invoice confirms the price paid by first owner, Mrs Linda Cooper, to be £18,168 with factory options including air conditioning at £595.74 and a 6-Disc changer at £254.46! Registered as 17 LYN the optional and very expensive extended warranty was taken and the car remained in her cherished care for the next 13 years. Every MOT and tax disc is included until 2012 when the car was purchased by a Rover enthusiast and placed in storage. A total of nine service entries are stamped in the book, the last being on the 19th May 2017 at 29,421 miles.
The original Rover wallet containing all handbooks, guides and dealership literature is present along with two sets of keys and remotes. The keys are on two dealer supplied leather key fobs and the original sales brochure and Sales Executive business card is included.
A very rare example which will appeal to an avid Rover enthusiast and a modern classic performance collector alike.
MOT March 2018, HPI Clear.
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